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Fireworks over Lake Union 2013

TH2013_SummerFourthLogo Fireworks over Lake Union 2013

The Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Seafair announced Seattle’s annual Lake Union 4th of July fireworks celebration is on in 2013 with a new funding strategy, producer and great business and community support. The Seattle Metro Chamber and Seafair collaborated with leading businesses to develop a long-term and sustainable funding plan to ensure the 4th of July fireworks show remains an iconic community event for years to come.

“We’re honored to have the opportunity to produce a fireworks celebration as part of our festival.  We’ve been celebrating summer in Seattle for over 60 years and our goal is to bring people together to connect and celebrate the community spirit of our city. It feels natural to include this event in our line-up,”said Beth Knox, President and CEO of Seafair.



Schedule of Events

12:00 p.m. – Gates Open

2:00 p.m. – Velcro Mindset Performs on Stage

3:00 p.m. – Pie Eating, Sack Races, Hula Hoop Contest, Tug-O-War

4:00 p.m. – Payton Rector Performs on Stage

5:00 p.m. – Pie Eating, Sack Races, Hula Hoop Contest, Tug-O-War

6:00 p.m. – Payton Rector Performs on Stage

7:00 p.m. – Pie Eating, Sack Races, Hula Hoop Contest, Tug-O-War

8:00 p.m. – Exhibitors Close

9:30 p.m. – Beer Garden Closes

10:15 p.m. – Fireworks Show Begins

Activities & Exhibitors

Enjoy a day in the park with cold air inflatables for the kids, the Gravitron Gyroscope, special entertainment, egg and spoons races, tug-o-war, sack races, a hula hoop contest, food vendors and a beer garden. Musical performances will be performed on the DoubleDown Interactive Music and Entertainment Stage. There will be interactive booths and exhibitors along with appearances by the:

-Seafair Princesses: 2-3:30 p.m.
-Seafair Pirates: 3:30-5 p.m.
-Seafair Clowns: 5-5:30 p.m.

Food & Beverage
You are welcome to bring your own food and beverages into Gas Works Park on the 4th of July. Coolers are allowed into the park (subject to search). However, please remember that personal barbecues and alcoholic beverages are not permitted during the Seafair Summer Fourth. A beer garden will be set up for those who are 21 and up (don’t forget your ID).
If you choose not to bring your own, a variety of food and beverage vendors will be open for business from noon to 10 p.m. featuring time-honored holiday menu choices of hot dogs, hamburgers, ice cream and more.
This July 4th watch Seattle’s best fireworks show LIVE on KIRO 7! Join KIRO 7 Eyewitness News anchors Steve Raible and Angela Russell beginning at 9pm, where we’ll take you behind the scenes to see how this amazing fireworks show comes together. When the fireworks start, KIRO 7 has every angle covered, on land, water, and in the air with Chopper 7, so you won’t miss a moment of the action. This July 4th the Fireworks Celebration is on KIRO 7, and KIRO Mobile with LIVE Coverage beginning at 9pm.
Warm 106.9, Today’s Soft Favorites will be broadcasting from Gas Works Park starting at 2 p.m and ending at 10 p.m. In addition to this broadcast if you are unable to hear the firework soundtrack in person or on television, tune into Warm 106.9, where a perfectly synchronized soundtrack will be broadcasted for the complete Seafair Summer Fourth experience.
There are several transportation options that patrons can utilize. Parking will be limited due to street closure. Patrons with disabilities will get parking on a first come, first serve basis. Event attendees are encouraged to use other forms of transportation. Cyclists are welcomed to use the express entrance, however there are a limited amount of bike racks inside of the park. Buses will be running on a reduced holiday schedule, limiting the number of buses operating, scheduled stops and amount of guests they can accommodate after the fireworks.


Seafair Summer Fourth sponsor, Uber, will be available to all guests at a discounted price for the event. Uber is an on-demand private driver accessible through iPhone and Android app. Uber will have a designated drop off area 1-2 blocks away from Gas Works Park. If you are new to Uber you can receive a free Uber ride up to $50 by clicking on this link UBER PROMO CODE. If you are already an Uber member you can receive 50% off to and from Gas Works Park by using the promo code SEAFAIR4TH50.

Prohibited Items 
The following items are not allowed on the premises: Personal barbecues, marijuana, alcohol, fireworks, pets, weapons, tent stakes, glass bottles, and knives with blades over 3″ in length.
Notice to Boaters
The south end of Lake Union will be open for the public to anchor in (South of the fireworks barge safety zone). The channels on each side will remain open until 9pm. Boats will not be allowed to anchor on the north end of the box in front of Gas Works Park.

I-5 ramps will be closed during the fireworks over Lake Union!

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SEATTLE – Before fireworks begin exploding in the sky over Lake Union on Thursday, drivers heading into Seattle should be prepared for heavy congestion, along with evening lane and ramp closures on southbound Interstate 5.

Starting at 9 p.m., state Department of Transportation crews will begin close:

• The southbound I-5 off-ramp to Roanoke Street

• The Boylston street on-ramp to southbound I-5

• The southbound I-5 exit-only lane and off-ramp to Mercer Street

The ramps and lane will all reopen at the conclusion of the fireworks display.

Each year, DOT closes these ramps with the help of the Washington State Patrol and Seattle police to ease congestion and prevent drivers from stopping on I-5 to watch the fireworks.

The closures also provide troopers with a secure zone to work from as they monitor traffic and keep it flowing smoothly during the display.

Drivers should also keep in mind that July Fourth is a very popular day for boating and the Highway 520 bridge drawspan will open with 2-hour prior notice.

To reduce the number of openings, contractors working on the Highway 520 replacement bridge have moved barges from the east navigational channel. Boaters with vessels up to 59 feet tall may use this channel and drawspan openings will be limited to boats 59 feet and taller.



Starbucks 5th of July Lake Union Cleanup

7-3-2012-3-01-55-PM Starbucks 5th of July Lake Union CleanupStarbucks is proud to be a premier supporter of the Family 4th at Lake Union fireworks show and they want to give back to our community by making sure we clean up after ourselves. After the amazing attendance the last two years, we as Lake Union residents welcome the third annual Starbucks 5th of July Lake Union Cleanup and encourage everyone to join in this post-celebration cleaning frenzy.

Schedule for the day (Pacific Time):

  • Check-in begins: 9 a.m.
  • Neighborhood Cleanup: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Rain or Shine, We’ll Be There

Events will take place rain or shine, so please dress for the weather. Wear clothing that is comfortable and safe, and that you do not mind getting dirty or worn. Outdoor, closed-toe work shoes or running shoes are a must and feel free to bring your favorite pair of work-gloves to round off your attire for the day. Cleaning supplies will be provided to registered volunteers.

Registration Is Required

Thanks to a great turn out this year, space is full at our Gas Works check-in location, but we invite you to join us in South Lake Union at the Center for Wooden Boats.

Please register to participate as space is limited. This will help us ensure you have a positive volunteer experience. T-shirts will be available at the event for registered participants (while supplies last).


Family 4th at Lake Union

LU-FIreworks Family 4th at Lake UnionThe Family 4th at Lake Union has been Seattle’s favorite 4th of July tradition for nearly 25 years. And now that Starbucks is supporting activities all around the lake, the party just got bigger. Bring your family and friends, and get to know your neighbors… you’ll be glad you did. The Family 4th fireworks display is nationally acknowledged as one of the best in the country. The innovative and technologically advanced fireworks are set against the natural amphitheater of Lake Union and are synchronized to an inspiring score of traditional anthems and popular favorites. Time magazine has called the Family 4th at Lake Union one of the Top Five fireworks displays in the country.

Parking at the Family 4th is very limited. The Seattle Police Department will implement a street closure plan similar to the last few years, providing for only residential access to the neighborhood surrounding Gas Works Park.

Biking & Walking – All attendees are encouraged to utilize alternate means of transportation whenever possible.  You can take the Burke Gilman Trail as easy way to minimize post event traffic congestion. Cyclists may enter through an express access bike entrance on the NW side of the park to take advantage of the free bike parking area inside!

Transit Options – Busses will be running on a reduced holiday schedule, limiting the number of busses operating, scheduled stops, and amount riders they can accommodate after the fireworks.  All attendees that are planning to arrive by bus, should have an alternate method of return transpiration.

The Soundtrack The fireworks are perfectly synchronized to a unique musical score featuring a mix of popular, patriotic and celebration themed songs. If you’re enjoying the fireworks from vantage points around Lake Union, listen to the display’s musical score as it is simulcast exclusively at 10:00 PM on 97.3 KIRO FM.

TV Broadcast – For those of you viewing the show from home KING 5 will be covering the entire fireworks program in glorious HD, beginning at 10pm. Be sure to stay tuned following the fireworks for a special performance by Pickwick, live from the Starbucks Stage!

Getting In – Gas Works Park opens at noon on July 4 and admission is free. There are two entrance gates to the Family 4th, one at the north end of the parking lot and the other to the south. There will be a security check prior to entering the park and all those entering are subject to search. Prohibited items: Personal BBQ’s, Alcohol, Fireworks, Pets, Weapons, Tent Stakes.

Food Drive – This year, One Reel and Northwest Harvest are asking attendees to make a donation of nonperishable food items at the entrance to Gas Works Park. Northwest Harvest is a statewide hunger relief association that provides nutritious food to hungry people throughout the state in a manner that preserves their dignity, while fighting to eliminate hunger. A list of acceptable items may be found at

Those who watch the fireworks from vantage points around the lake other than Gas Works Park may still contribute by donating online.

Playfield – The Playfield is a kid’s favorite hangout, filled with daytime activities including kite making, face painting, sack races, and hula-hoop contests. The Playfield will also feature a huge Dual-Lane Slide; Wacky World, a giant inflatable play center for kids; and Zippin Zone, a 30ft tall, 200ft long zip line!

Food & Beverage -You are welcome to bring your own food and beverages in a cooler (subject to search) However remember that BBQ’s & Alcoholic beverages are not allowed.  There will be many food vendors there from 12pm -10:00pm as well.

Beer Garden – Beer and wine will be available in the lakeside beer garden from noon to 9:30pm. You must be 21+ and you MUST present valid and acceptable ID to enter the beer garden.  NO BEVERAGES MAY BE TAKEN OUT OF THE BEER GARDEN (all liquids, whether brought in or purchased in the beer garden, must be consumed or discarded prior to exiting the garden). Bag checks will be enforced.

This link leads to a printable PDF with all the information plus more info on the July 5th festivities! Lake Union Family 4th Printable